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Niewan

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4 travelers at this place:

  • Day14

    To Zhengzhou then Beijing

    April 6, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Up at 5:30 for a 7 o’clock departure. We were happy to be able to What’s App all our children and grandchildren.

    Today we will go to the Shaolin Temple for a demonstration of Kung fu. It is also known for Zen Buddhism.Zhengzhou has 10 million people. In the 7th century there were 1,000 monks there. During Ming dynasty in the 17th century, there were 3,000 monks.

    In 1928, there were 2 warlords who fought, burned the temple. The fire burned for 49 days.

    Now there are 35,000 students at the temple. People send their boys here in order to give them the opportunity for a better job, as security guards, bank guards and personal guards.

    There are two trees planted by an Japanese monk and a Chinese monk to represent harmony between the two countries that are 800 years old. Unfortunately that harmony has not lasted as long as the trees. One can light incense and pray to the gods.

    There is a forest containing 200 pagodas that are the burial places of zen monks. The larger the number of tiers, the bigger the contribution of the monk. They always only contain an odd number of tiers as odd numbers represent celibacy.

    After a lovely lunch, the best one of the trip,we began the 2-hour bus ride to the train station, at least we hope it’s only 2 hours as it is the holiday weekend and there are many people travelling back to their hometowns to honour their dead relatives.

    Our train leaves at 6 so we need to be there with timely spare because of all of the other travellers. Arrived at the train station at 4:30, with time enough to have good old western food for dinner. McDonald’s and KFC were the only western food choices so that’s what we had. Good to eat familiar food for a change.

    The bullet train travelled at speeds up to 301 kmph and got us back to Beijing in 3 hours. Many people want to have their photo taken with members of our group. We do stick out with our white skin and grey hair.

    This is our last night in China. It has been an amazing journey and it will be good to be home again.
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  • Day11

    Thurs Apr 5 .. Luoyang

    April 5, 2018 in China ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Up at 530 for breakfast, check out and on the bus at 7. Headed for the train station for the bullet train. Arrived on time and met Arron our local guide. Had lunch, then  off to Longman Grotto to view 150K Budda sculptures. The place was an absolute zoo. It was a holiday and thousands of people there.Read more

  • Day12

    Nightlife in Luoyang

    April 5, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Ate supper then booked into our hotel and went for a walk. Drivers and pedestrians have a total disregard for traffic lights, rules and each other. I’m amazed that there are not more accidents that we have seen.

    It is not unusual to see families with their children on one scoter as shown in the picture. Even infants are tucked away on the floor in front of the driver. Forget about baby car seats.

    Came across a group of seniors exercising on the sidewalk and were very friendly.
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  • Day13

    Temple Shaolin

    April 6, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    The Shaolin Monastery also known as the Shaolin Temple, is a Chan ("Zen") Buddhist temple in Dengfeng County, Henan Province, China. Dating back 1,500 years when founded by Fang Lu-Hao, Shaolin Temple is the main temple of the Shaolin school of Buddhism to this day.

    Watched Kung Fu demonstrations. There are 35,000 students learning the art of Kung Fu at this location. Again there were hundreds of thousands of visitors here today giving a new perspective of crowded spaces. Interestingly the crowd was quite orderly.

    We were often asked to pose for pictures with local visitors and exchange a few words of English.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Niewan, 聂湾

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